3:1 CD Review: The Call is Still the Same (Dixie Melody Boys)
1. “The Call is Still the Same”: The title cut is an autobiographical look at the challenges and blessing of a life spent following Christ. Tenor Matt Felts anchors the song, the best anthem the group has recorded in a decade. Dixie Melody Boys alumnus Rodney Griffin, who co-wrote the song with Wayne Haun, offers a guest vocal on the second verse.
2. Guest Vocalists: Song Garden lined up a number of Dixie Melody Boys alumni for guest appearances to commemorate the group’s fiftieth anniversary—Ernie Haase, Devin McGlamery, Allen O’Neal, Harold Reed, McCray Dove, and Kent Humphrey—and additional guest vocals from Jason Crabb and Ben Speer. It is a fitting salute to Ed O’Neal, who has made a career out of launching others’ careers.
3. “I’ve Got Family There”: Ed O’Neal’s solo on this mellow song about Heaven is an album highlight. Ben Speer’s guest harmony vocals are a pleasant bonus.
:1. One thing I would change: Nothing, really: A few more incredible songs would have made this a five-star project, but even as it is, it’s the best mainline project the Dixie Melody Boys have released in fifteen years.
Radio Single Picks: “The Call is Still the Same,” “Jesus in My Boat,” “I’ve Got Family There”
Album Rating: 4.5 Stars
Credits: Producer: David Staton. • Group members: Matt Felts (tenor), Donald Morris (lead), Steven Cooper (baritone), Ed O’Neal (bass). • Review copy provided.
Song list: Jesus in my Boat (with Ernie Haase and Devin McGlamery); Bottom of the Basket; Too Much Thunder (with Allen O’Neal, Harold Reed, McCray Dove); His Blood Alone; There’s Joy in Serving Jesus; God Will Hear Your Prayer (with Jason Crabb); Good Ole Boys (with Kent Humphrey); That’s Why I Sing Gospel Music; Go To The Well; The Call is Still the Same (with Rodney Griffin); Gotta Get the Good News Out; I’ve Got Family There (with Ben Speer).